HEALTHY CORNER STORES
Making healthy foods more visible, affordable and attractive in corner stores near you
Why Corner Stores?
- Residents often shop at corner stores within walking distance from their home, worksite, or school for meals to feed themselves and their families.
- In a 2012 survey of regular Minneapolis corner store customers, 94% said they would buy fruits and vegetables at their neighborhood corner store if they were made available and affordable to them.
The Health Department is teaming up with corner store owners in Minneapolis to improve access to fresh produce and healthier foods such as low-fat dairy and whole grains. Store owners learn important skills for buying and handling produce, and colorful signs help customers choose healthier food options. Community-based organizations also help deliver messages to their community, allowing this work to grow.
In 2014, the Health Department will:
- Support 10 corner stores to increase healthy foods, including fresh produce, healthy beverages and low-sodium offerings and become model healthy stores in the community.
- Offer free merchandising packages to store owners to improve fresh produce displays and connect owners with resources they need to offer healthy foods.
- Offer informal support to the stores previously enrolled in the program and to new owners interested in increasing healthy foods in their store.
- Encourage residents, community organizations or youth groups to "Adopt-a-Shop" by offering a helping hand to make changes and show local store owners their desire for increased access to healthy foods.
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Where are Healthy Corner Stores in my neighborhood?
Look for the Healthy Corner Store Signs in front windows and inside stores or flyers in your neighborhood for fun events featuring our partner stores. Check out these participating stores to see their displays of fresh, healthy produce!
- Zaad's Food Market, 1510 W Broadway Ave
- K's Dollar and Grocery, 1021 W Broadway Ave
- Penn Gas Stop, 2606 Penn Ave N
- Northside Food Market, 3559 Lyndale Ave N
- Fremont Market, 3558 Fremont Ave N
- Jimmy's Foods, 1121 12th Ave N
- Galapagos Mercado, 420 E Hennepin Ave
- Minnesota Halal Market, 1926 Chicago Ave
- Midwest Halal Market, 2000 Portland Ave S
- Los Amigos, 2746 Blaisdell Ave S
Check out the Google Map link to these healthy corner stores!
- In 2013, stores participating in the program increased their percentage of produce sales by 155%!
- Since 2010, over 30 stores in north, northeast and south Minneapolis have participated in the program.
- Store owners report throwing away less spoiled produce each week once becoming part of the program.
- The Minneapolis Health Department is working with local produce distributors and growers to develop sustainable systems of procurement for store owners.
How can I make my store a Healthy Corner Store?
Economic studies show more and more customers want healthier foods and your store is a prime business that can offer these foods to the community. If you are a corner store owner and are interested in offering healthier foods at your store, we can help!
- Health Department staff can offer recommendations for how to successfully and affordably source, stock, and sell a variety of healthy food. Please submit your request for a brief consultation via email to firstname.lastname@example.org (include in subject line: Healthy Corner Store assistance).
- The Health Department is also working with the office of Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) to offer low interest loans to store owners to make cooler and refrigeration purchases for storing healthy food. Please contact us for more details!
How can I make a store in my neighborhood a Healthy Corner Store?
"Adopt-a-Shop" in your neighborhood. Talk with the store owner at your local grocery outlet and tell them you want to see more healthy food options. Give them specific examples of the types of nutritious foods you'd like to buy on a regular basis, like brown rice, skim milk, low-fat yogurt, and fresh apples and bananas. Don't stop there - talk to your neighbors too! The more customers asking for healthy food options, the more likely the owner will be to consistently stock high quality, healthy items. Find more useful tips in New York City's Adopt a Shop guide.
- Corner Store One-pager - 2013
- Corner Store Sales Evaluation One-pager - 2013
- Corner Store Final Report - 2013
- Corner Store Sales Evaluation Report - 2013
- Corner Store Healthy Food Implementation Guide (2012)
- Healthy Corner Stores Network
- Healthy Eating Research - Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Minnesota
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Last updated Sep 30, 2014